Telkom University launches Si Soil, a tool to detect agricultural soil conditions

TIME.CO, JakartaTelkom University has created a soil condition detection tool called Si Soil. Agricultural technology is integrated with applications and connected to the Internet of Things.

“This research on Si Soil has been supported by LPDP for over IDR 4 billion for three years,” said Wisnu Sardjono Soenarso, director of the Education Fund Management Institute or LPDP at the launch of Si Soil at Telkom University in Bandung, Monday 11 September. 2023.

Si Soil is the result of research titled Portable Intelligent Soil Nutrient Control System for Soybean Plants Based on the Internet of Things (IoT) Using Long-Range Communication. The research team was led by Doan Perdana, a lecturer in the telecommunications engineering curriculum at Telkom University. According to Wisnu, LPDP was happy because the research findings were directly applied in Karanganyar Regency, Central Java.

Vishnu hopes that the use of Si Soil does not happen only in Karanganyar. “I first conveyed it informally to the chancellor, please sell it to all of Indonesia,” he said.

According to Wisnu, LPDP is ready to act as a guarantor or, if necessary, provide a letter of guarantee, especially to the Ministry of Agriculture for the use of its equipment. “So this project is financed with IDR 4 billion return on investment“It’s clear,” he said.

According to him, over the last two or three years the LPDP has repositioned research funding. Funding is provided for research that benefits society. “It’s not just a report that, if accumulated, could reach the ceiling of the building like this,” he said.

In addition to this, the LPDP also shares the costs of research funding with industrial partners. The goal is that the research results can produce products that the public can enjoy.

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Si Soil measures nutrients and water levels

Telkom University Rector Adiwijaya said: Si Soil is an information system for measuring nutrients and water content in soil. The objective is that agricultural productivity can increase starting from plant selection and the prospects for results. Meanwhile, according to Titis Sri Jawoto, regional assistant for economic affairs of Karanganyar Regency, Si Soil will perform many functions in his area by developing agro-industry.

Si Soil is able to detect the elements nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) or NPK in agricultural soil, even in pots. Another feature is the real-time detection of the acidity or pH level and soil moisture.

Using solar energy, the device can be installed for 24 hours and connected to an application on a smartphone or a website. To use it, simply insert the tool into the ground.

The measurement results will appear on the monitor screen. Si Soil is also equipped with artificial intelligence capable of providing predictions on future fertilization times. As a result, farmers can be more effective and efficient in using fertilizers to reduce costs and avoid soil pollution fertilizer excess can be avoided.

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